Honor Societies

Advisor:  Mrs. McCarty

  • The junior honor society club is open to all 9th graders who were inducted into the National Junior Society in their middle school, as well as sophomores who maintained a 3.5 GPA at the end of their freshman year at St. Joe.  The club will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at lunch in Mrs. McCarty’s room, and will organize service projects that they can do for our school or community.  Officers will be elected at the beginning of each school year.  
Students who maintain a 3.5 GPA by the end of their sophomore year will be eligible to apply for induction into the St. Joe chapter of the National Honor Society at the beginning of their junior year.

Advisor:  Mrs. Webb

2022-23 Officers:
President: Lilly C. and Annie S. 

Vice President: Alex G.


Mu Alpha Theta is a National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society.  As of June 2014, Mu Alpha Theta had 105,000 student members in more than 2,100 schools nationwide.  In order to be involved in St. Joseph’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, a mathematics GPA of 3.5, and have completed Algebra II.  The goal of Mu Alpha Theta is to instill a keen interest in mathematics in students and to promote the enjoyment of mathematics. St. Joseph’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta strives to uphold these standards in our school and community.

Advisor:  Mrs. McCarty


Member Selection Procedure

The National Honor Society is an organization whose purpose is to “create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.”  (NHS Handbook, 18th ed., 2015)  To this end, the St. Joseph Central Catholic High School chapter of the NHS inducts students each fall into membership in our chapter.

Students will be considered eligible candidates for induction in their junior or senior year if they have been a St. Joe student for at least one year, and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA for all of their high school career.  Additionally, students who were previously inducted into the NHS at another school will be automatically accepted into the St. Joe chapter upon presentation of evidence of induction into their former school’s chapter.

In September of each academic year, students who meet these criteria will be asked to complete a Candidate Application Form to provide information about their participation and leadership in service activities, school clubs, sports teams, and any extracurricular activities that might demonstrate their qualities of scholarship, character, leadership and service to others.

In addition to the Candidate Information Form, teachers at St. Joe will be asked to complete Faculty Input Forms regarding these students’ qualifications.  Teacher comments may include examples of behaviors or events that stand out as reasons the student should be considered for induction, as well as any reasons that they should not.  Teachers should consider the student’s completion of service hours, disciplinary events, and violations of the school’s honor policy, as well as anecdotal evidence of the student’s character.

A committee of 5 teachers, excluding the NHS sponsor and administrative staff, and approved by the principal each year, will then review the candidate and faculty forms, and will vote on each student’s acceptance into the St. Joe Chapter of the NHS.  Any student receiving three or more votes will be invited to become members of our chapter.

Letters will then be sent out to all candidates and their parents informing them of the committee decisions.  Those who have been selected will be notified of the date and time of our induction ceremony, with an invitation to parents to attend.  Students who do not receive enough votes will also be notified, in writing, with an brief explanation of the areas in which the student failed to meet the criteria.  The induction ceremony will take place in October of each school year.

Members meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month in Mrs. McCarty’s room. Members will participate in a variety of service projects for the school and community.


Pictured below:  

Member of the SJHS National Honor Society and Key Club volunteering at the Facing Hunger Foodbank in Fall 2021. 

Advisor:  Mr. Boggs

Our school’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society was established in 2020 with the goal of creating an honor society for students who excel academically and have a significant interest in science.


¡Bienvenido al Club de Español!

The St. Joseph chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (SHH) began in the school year 2017-2018.

What is the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica?

The SHH is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).

The SHH was formally organized as the Spanish National Honor Society in 1953. The name was changed to Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica in 1959. At present there are over 2,500 national and international chapters of the SHH.

The mission of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is to recognize high school achievement in Spanish and Portuguese and to promote interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies.

Who can be part of the SHH?

  • Any Sophomore, Junior or Senior who:
    • Has a minimum of 90% unweighted cumulative average and has completed Spanish I and II levels.
    • Be enrolled in Spanish III or above Spanish level.
    • Has a good academic record free of Out of School Suspensions or Academic Dishonesties.

What are the benefits to be part of the SHH?

  • This is an official recognition that Seniors can include in their college applications and should wear honors cords during graduation.
  • Possibly eligibility for scholarships and national awards.

How can you apply?

A link will be added to the application the first week of school.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Null. 

The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only international organization exclusively for secondary students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Individual secondary schools are invited to petition for a local chapter, through which individuals may be inducted into Society membership. Immediate benefits of affiliation include academic recognition, scholarship and award eligibility, and opportunities for networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts. 

“Gelast Sceal Mid Are”

The NEHS motto, “gelast sceal mid are,” is Old English for: “duty goes with honor.” The motto represents one of the earliest forms of our language—it affirms and celebrates an obligation to use one’s gifts in service to others. Service to peers, school, and community is part and parcel of the NEHS mission—and, indeed, in the grammatical structure of the Old English phrase, “duty” actually precedes “honor.”